So many women complain that their natural hair is not growing but they forget that there are important rules to adhere to to ensure your hair grows long and healthy.
Haircare starts from your everyday management of hair, hair ingredients you use, and the general overall care of your hair.
Below are some things you are doing that is making your hair not grow.
1. Using Hot Tools
Blow dryers, curlers, and hair straighteners are great for making your hair look beautiful but on the other hand, some damage is always being done. Regular use of heat is a major cause of hard and dry hair.
Limit the use of such hot tools and let your hair dry naturally. Also, minimize the use of heat by trying heat-free hairstyles. Make sure to apply a heat protectant before using heat on your hair.
2. Washing hair every day
Staying clean is super important but having oily hair sometimes is actually good. Washing your hair every day strips your hair from oils which keep your hair healthy and promote growth.
It also causes your scalp to produce more oil, resulting in greasy hair and scalp, which isn’t good. Try to wash your hair once a week, or twice every three weeks. Use a dry shampoo in between to absorb excess oil.
3. Split ends
Your hair grows from the root so the tips are the oldest part of your hair, lacking nourishment. When the ends get dry, the hair shaft splits in two or sometimes three. Once you get split ends, you cannot repair them.
The only solution to remedy this is to get a trim. If your hair is prone to split ends, make sure to moisturize the ends of your hair with a few drops of coconut oil or castor oil before bedtime.
Also, ensure you apply conditioner after shampoo to reduce split ends.
Stress can also be visible on your body. Stress affects your health which can result in breakouts on your face, dry skin, hair loss, and of course, prevents hair growth. Get your stress under control and relax. Indulge in stress-reducing activities daily like jogging, walking, meditation at least 30 minutes a day, and even yoga (if you can).
5. Health Condition
Your hair may not be growing due to an undiagnosed medical condition. If you’re experiencing hair loss after giving birth or after taking a certain medication, it’s best to consult a doctor.
Dramatic weight loss, serious illness, or physical trauma like surgery can have an adverse effect on hair growth.
6. Poor Nutrition
A good well-balanced diet is very important for general well being and increased hair growth. You should cut down the intake of processed foods including sugar and sodium.
Also include eggs, fish, fresh fruits, and vegetables into your diet to increase hair growth.
7. Not taking enough water
Drinking around 8 glasses of water every day clear out harmful substances from your body. To help your hair grow longer, make sure to take a lot of water and you’ll notice visible changes within a few months.